• The Collection of Benjamin F.  auction at Christies

    Sale 2388

    The Collection of Benjamin F. Edwards III

    26 January 2010, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 407

    A GEORGE III MAHOGANY CONCERTINA-ACTION CARD-TABLE

    CIRCA 1760

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    A GEORGE III MAHOGANY CONCERTINA-ACTION CARD-TABLE
    CIRCA 1760
    The serpentine rectangular solid mahogany top with foliate-carved edge and opening to a red leather-lined playing surface, above a rockwork and C-scroll carved frieze to all four sides, on cabriole legs headed by C-scrolls and shells, with acanthus-carved scrolled feet, restorations to surface
    27¾ in. (70.5 cm.) high, 35¾ in. (91 cm.) wide, 17¾ in. (45 cm.) deep, closed


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    This extraordinary table features an elaborately ruffled and shell- carved frieze much inspired by 'French' designs published by Thomas Chippendale in his Director (see 1762 edition, pl. XXXI for a sofa with closely related apron). The table once formed part of the magnificent collection of English furniture formed by Henry Hirsch (d. 1931) at the turn of the century. Percy Macquoid wrote a two-part article about the collection in Country Life (25 October and 15 November 1924) in which the table is featured. Macquoid also illustrated the table among a number of other pieces from Hirsch's collection in The Dictionary of English Furniture (first published in 1927). The table appears in all three editions of this seminal work.

    Provenance

    Henry Hirsch, Esq., 23 Park Lane, London.
    'The Important Collection of English Furniture, Fine Chinese Porcelain, French and Italian Furniture and Objects of Art formed by Henry Hirsch, Esq.'; Christie, Manson and Woods, London, 10 June 1931, lot 52 (illustrated; to M. Harris for 651 gns.).
    With M. Harris & Sons, London.
    With Malcolm Franklin Antiques, Chicago, 1986.


    Saleroom Notice

    Please note that the correct description of this lot should read:
    A GEORGE III MAHOGANY CONCERTINA-ACTION CARD-TABLE
    CIRCA 1760, THE TOP PROBABLY AN OLD REPLACEMENT

    The current top appears to have been on the table at least since the time it was photographed for the 1924 article cited in the catalogue.


    Literature

    P. Macquoid, 'Mr. Henry Hirsch's Furniture - I', Country Life, 25 October 1924, p. 632, fig. 4.
    P. Macquoid and R. Edwards, eds., The Dictionary of English Furniture, London, 1927, vol. III, p. 193, fig. 27.
    R. Edwards, ed., The Dictionary of English Furniture, rev. edn., Woodbridge, Suffolk, 1954, vol. III, p. 200, fig. 26.
    R. Edwards, ed., The Shorter Dictionary of English Furniture, London, 1964, p. 523, fig. 19.